United Tribes News'Champions' honored at United Tribes
9 September 2013
BISMARCK (UTN) - Thundershowers failed to dampen the fun and excitement of the 44th Annual United Tribes International Powwow. Top-flight dancing, powerful drum groups and the indigenous culture of central Mexico were featured during the 44th annual gathering held September 5-8 at United Tribes Technical College.
In the dancing and singing competition, the drum group Young Bear, Mandaree, ND, won the singing contest, followed in order by: Battle River, Redby, MN; Ft. Peck Sioux, Poplar, MT; NDN Creek; and Yankton Sioux.
Thirty-seven drums rendered their best songs for 634 dancers during seven grand entries, intertribals, competitions, specials and honorings.
Weather conditions varied from sunny and hot to cool and rainy. Temps in the low 90s baked the opening two days and gave way to thundershowers that delayed the start of the Parade of Champions. Showers moistened the dance arbor on Saturday but failed to delay the proceedings or sodden the Lone Star Arena grass that had been carefully tended by UTTC groundskeepers.
AZTEC DANCERS PERFORM
The group Explendor Azteca (XIPETOTEC) was in the featured spotlight, highlighting the culture of central Mexico. The group was directed by founder Gerardo Salinas, San Jose, CA, a fifth-generation Aztec dancer.
The Aztecs were clad in elaborate and colorful head-dresses that mimic birds and serpents. They performed to a pulsing drum rhythm accented by the staccato rattle of seed pods on their leggings.
One of their appearances was during powwow's biggest night on Saturday, September 7, when an estimated audience of 6,000 crowded into and around the dance arena.
The evening's entertainment was telecast via the internet and Dakota Media Access, the local community access TV channel. Media Arts students Gene Declay, Francis Ashes and Cleveland Good Shield, along with instructor Shawn Holz, produced five-hours of live programming. In addition to the Aztec dancers, it included the colorful grand entry, drum and dance competitions, intertribal dancing, and introduction of the new Miss Indian Nations.
MISS INDIAN NATIONS
Alexandria Alvarez, 25, Fort Hall, ID, was selected as the 21st Miss Indian Nations. Miss Alvarez is Shoshone-Bannock and comes from a traditional family known for its brain-tanned deer hides. She earned bachelor's degrees in Liberal Arts and American Indian Studies at Haskell Indian Nations University, Lawrence, KA, and is currently a student at Idaho State University. She works as a journalist for Sho-Ban News and hopes to attend law school. During the coming year she will represent United Tribes as an ambassador of tribal culture, helping to address what she sees as "tremendous misconceptions about American Indians" before audiences throughout the region and around the country.
PARADE OF CHAMPIONS
"Parade of Champions" participants narrowly escaped a cloudburst that cleared the air and cleaned the streets for their trip through downtown Bismarck. Grand marshals were members of the 1973 Fort Yates Warriors basketball team, winners of the ND State Class "A" High School Basketball Championship 40 years ago.
Veterans unfolded and displayed a U. S. Flag from the World Trade Center in New York City. "You can still smell the smoke and dust on it," said David M. Gipp United Tribes Technical College president, a military veteran who helped lead a procession of the banner around the powwow dance arbor. The large 15 by 20 foot stars and stripes was one of three flags flying over the Twin Towers on 9/11. It was brought to the powwow by the Cheyenne River Veterans Association.
Color guard units in the powwow were: Post 253 White Shield, ND; Post 271 Mandaree, ND; Post 239 Little Eagle, SD; Standing Rock Veterans, Cheyenne River Veterans; Post 9061 Mandaree, ND; Post 262 Belcourt, ND; and United Tribes Technical College Veterans.
Fifty-eight volunteers, including 29 from the local AETNA office, served a free roast buffalo meal on powwow's closing day for over 3,000 visitors, singers and dancers. Powwow attendance was up over recent years with an estimated 13,000 people attending over the four-days.
Powwow firsts in 2013 included: Live network TV coverage from the new television network Al Jazeera America; a low-power radio broadcast on the campus of music and events in the dance arbor; flyover of an unmanned helicopter with a camera recording video and still photos; a private breastfeeding location for babies and parents; and crowd-pleasing performances of the U.S. National Anthem by Keith Big Crow (Three Affiliated) on his Fender Stratocaster electric guitar in the rock style of Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock.
The powwow head staff were: Announcer Jerry Dearly, MN; Arena Director Rusty Gillette, VA; Head Singing Judge Rueben Crow Feather, WI; Head Men's Dance Judge Jazz Bearstail, SD; and Head Women's Dance Judge Cody High Elk, SD. Julie Cain and Russell Gillette of United Tribes provided the ground blessing for Lone Star Arena at the outset. Powwow sound was provided by Frank K. Jamerson, REZ JAM Sound, McLaughlin, SD.
All first place dance category and singing contest winners received a jacket adorned with the powwow logo, showing the artwork of brother and sister artists Tom and Linda Haukaas, a medal and cash. Second through fourth place winners received cash and medals inscribed with the "Home of the Champions" slogan.
The United Tribes International Powwow Committee thanks all participants, spectators, workers and volunteers for making the 44th annual event a success. The committee also expresses appreciation to companies and individuals in the Bismarck-Mandan community for sponsoring competitive categories and supporting the powwow and associated events.
44th Annual United Tribes International Powwow Winners
JUNIOR GIRL FANCY
1 - Allison Bearstail (Hidatsa) Bismarck, ND
2 - Emaree Jayne Iron Hawk (Lakota) Eagle Butte, SD
3 - Alexa Oldman (N Arapaho/Ojibway) Harbor Springs MI
4 - Jaylee Rencountre (Standing Rock/Lakota) Rapid City SD
JUNIOR GIRL JINGLE
1 - Teyah Uses Arrow (Standing Rock) Cannonball, ND
2 - Danielle Morsette (Mandan/Hidatsa/Arikara) Twin Buttes, ND
3 - Kaygan Bear Comes Out (Northern Cheyenne/Lakota) Lamedeer, MT
4 - Alice Brownotter (Standing Rock) Fort Yates, ND
JUNIOR GIRL TRADITIONAL
1 - Tessa Holds the Enemy (Three Affiliated) Mandaree, ND
2 - Selma Ruiz (Hidatsa) from Bismarck, ND
3 - Nelonah Grey Eyes (Spirit Lake) Grand Forks, ND
4 - Salena Iron Cloud (Dakota/Lakota) Bismarck, ND
JUNIOR BOY FANCY
1 - Dreamer White (Dakota/Mandan/Hidatsa/Arikara) Four Bears Village, ND
2 - Parker Bearstail (Mandan/Hidatsa/Arikara) Bismarck, ND
3 - Cash Draper (Navajo/Sioux) Kirkland, WA
4 - Mabahi Baker (Mandan/Hidatsa) New Town, ND
JUNIOR BOY GRASS
1 - Hunter Street (Lakota) St. Michael, ND
2 - Quintin Abbey (Conshetta/Hidatsa/SWO) Mandaree, ND
3 - George Gillette (Arikara/Lakota) Falls Church, VA
4 - Dei Top Sky (Chippewa-Cree) Rocky Boy Agency, MT
JUNIOR BOY TRADITIONAL
1 - TJ Good Nature (Standing Rock) Ft. Yates, ND
2 - Fredrick Fox (Three Affiliated) White Shield, ND
3 - Jonah Jackson (Spirit Lake) St. Michael, ND
4 - Terry Brown Otter Jr. (Standing Rock) Ft. Yates, ND
TEEN WOMEN FANCY
1 - Soni Phillips (Standing Rock) Fort Yates, ND
2 - Shanna Robertson (Sioux/Assiniboine) Poplar, MT
3 - Regan Dunn (Standing Rock) Ft. Yates, ND
4 - Shashone Eashappie (Carry The Ketlle) Sas., CAN
TEEN WOMEN JINGLE
1 - Saydee Pretends Eagle (Sioux) Bismarck, ND
2 - Shaundeen Smith (Navajo/Arikara) El Dorado, KS
3 - Yasmine Stretches (Standing Rock) Cannonball, ND
4 - Dionna Bull Bear (Oglala Lakota) Bismarck, ND
TEEN WOMEN TRADITIONAL
1 - Wakan-Yu-Belecewin McKay (Sioux Valley Dakota) Sioux Valley, Man. Can.
2 - Kelsey Tortalita (Lakota) Bismarck ,ND
3 - Elyza Robertson (Three Affiliated) Mandaree, ND
4 - Tayla Blaine (Crow Agency) Bismarck ,ND
TEEN MEN FANCY
1 - Jessup Yazzie (Lakota/Meskwaki/Navajo) Eagle Butte, SD
2 - Sonny Means (Lakota) Eagle Butte, SD
3 - Kasen Street (Meskasuakie/Sioux) St. Michael, ND
4 - Taylor Peltier (Turtle Mountain Chippewa) Turtle Lake, ND
TEEN MEN GRASS
1 - Cameron Grady (Hidatsa) New Town, ND
2 - Saunders Young Bird (Arikara/Lakota) Ft. Yates, ND
3 - Jai Knight (Oglala Lakota) Thunder Valley, SD
4 - Casey Smith (Ojibwa) Bemidji, MN
TEEN MEN TRADITIONAL
1 - Cameron Chaske (Spirit Lake) Spirit Lake, ND
2 - Brand Whites Eyes (Oglala Lakota) Kyle, SD
3 - Theodore Yuzicappi (Dakota) Fort QuAppisllis, Sas. Can.
4 - Richard Street (Meskawki Sioux) St. Michael, ND
1 - Kellie LeBeau-Janis (Lakota) Eagle Butte, SD
2 - Amber Cleveland-Redman (Ho-Chunk/Nakota) Bismarck, ND
3 - Natika Bears Tail (Mandan/Hidasta) Bismarck ND
4 - Kyla Bearheels (Hunkpapa Lakota) Aberdeen, SD
1 - Tonia Jo Hall (Lakota/Hidatsa) Ft. Yates, ND
2 - Anika Topsky (Chippewa/Cree) Rocky Boy, MT
3 - Jessie Spotted Tail (Sicangu Lakota) Rosebud, SD
4 - Jordan Drapeau (Yankton Sioux) Lake Andes SD
1 - Amber Buffalo (Cree) Ft. Yates, ND
2 - Tosha Goodwill (Dakota/Lakota) Sioux Falls, SD
3 - Andrea Redman (Dakota/Lakota) Ft. QuAppelle, Sas. Can.
4 - Tasheena Bison (Nakota/Lakota/Cheyenne) Stouston, Sas. Can.
SENIOR WOMEN TRADITIONAL
1 - Madelynn Goodwill (Lakota) Sioux Falls, SD
2 - Denise One Star (Oneida/Seneca) Rosebud, SD
3 - Darlene Situran (Standing Rock) Ft. Yates, ND
4 - Delores Hayes (Standing Rock/Lakota) Rapid City, SD
1 - Warshield White (Dakotah/Mandan/Hidatsa) Four Bears Village, ND
2 - Spike Dapper (Navajo) Kirtland, NM
3 - White Coyote Holy Bull (Cheyenne River) Rosebud, SD
4 - Mitchell Luns Baker, New Town, ND
1 - Wylee Bears Tail (Mandan/ Hidatsa/ Arikara) Bismarck, ND
2 - Wanbli Charging Eagle (Lakota) Eagle Butte, SD
3 - Jon Taken Alive (Lakota-CRST) Little Eagle, SD
4 - Jason Cook (Cheyenne River Lakota) Bismarck, ND
1 - Novi Runs Above (Shinnecock/Oglala/Cheyenne) Thunder Valley, SD
2 - Donovan Abbey (Coushatta/Hidatsa) Mandaree, ND
3 - Richard Street (Mesquakie) St Michael, ND
4 - Jace Old Elk (Crow/Arikara) Crow Agency, MT
SENIOR MEN TRADITIONAL
1 - Daryl Bearstail (Hidatsa) Bismarck, ND
2 - Tim Eashappin (Nakota) Sintaluta, Sas., Can.
3 - Crazy Horse Bison (Sioux/Cheyenne) Sayre, OK
4 - Mike One Star, Sr., Two Strike, SD
1 - Rooster Top Sky (Chippewa/Cree) Rocky Boy, MT
2 - Derek Howell (Pawnee/Flandreau Santee) Denver, CO
3 - Daryl Three Iron (Crow/Cree) Ft. Totten ND
4 - Theo Claymore (Three Affiliated) Mandaree ND
1 - Team 605
2 - Wylee Bearstail Team
3 - Tonia Jo Hall Team
4 - 90s Boyz
SINGING CONTEST (DRUMS)
1 - Young Bear, Mandaree, ND
2 - Battle River, Redby, MN
3 - Fort Peck Sioux, Poplar, MT
4 - NDN Creek
5 - Yankton Sioux
MISS INDIAN NATIONS PAGEANT
Miss Indian Nations XXI: Alex Alvarez (Shoshone Bannock) Fort Hall, ID
1st Runner Up: Yolanda Charley (Navajo) Chichiltah, NM
2nd Runner Up: Danielle Ta'Sheena Finn (Standing Rock) Bismarck, ND
Miss Congeniality: Rochelle Werito (Muscogee Nation) Oklahoma City, OK
Children's Choice: Danielle Ta'Sheena Finn
Talent Award: Yolanda Charley
Tribal Chairman's Award: Mallory Barlow (Bishop Paiute) Bishop, CA
President's Award: Norene Sampson (Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs) Warm Springs, OR
PARADE OF CHAMPIONS
BEST OVERALL FLOAT/THEME: MHA Nation Education Department
YOUTH/CULTURAL GROUP: Three Affiliated Tribes Boys & Girls Club
BEST HORSE GROUP: White Shield Spirit Riders
1 - Sivalls/Moritz, Trenton, ND
2 - Spirit Lake Tribe, Fort Totten, ND
3 - Lady T-Hawks, Cannonball, ND
4 - Utter Stop/Broken Oar, Belcourt, ND
MVP: Jennifer DeCoteau, Bismarck, ND
1 - Sioux Nation, Red Wing, MN
2 - RMA Team Kelly's, Rapid City, SD
3 - SWST, Sisseton, SD
4 - Hawkeyes, Fort Thompson, SD
MVP: Jeff Parker, MN
Home Run Hitting: Gino Buck, MN
MEN: Kyle Downs, Bismarck, 33:23
WOMEN: Camie Anderson, Bismarck, 41:06
MEN: Derrick Meineke, Browning, MT, 20:28
WOMEN: Aislin Anderson, Bismarck, 21:59
GOLF TOURNAMENT – Teeing Off for Academic Excellence
1 Keith Flury, Bernard Strikes Enemy, Doug Quinn, Alvin McLeod
2 Dave Grant, Sheldon Thomas, Austin Wilkie, Collin Vandal
3 Fred Fox, MJ Gunderson, Carlisle Wells, Dennis Lowman
1 Pat Thomas, Curt Keplin, Mitch Laducer, Rick Smith
2 Kirt Laducer, Chris Halvorson, Ty Hauglie, Dave Gayton
3 Todd Muggerud, Jim Davis, Mike Mabin, Red Prue
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